Search Results: "Chris Mendius"


BOOK REVIEW

SPOONFUL by Chris Mendius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"A superb tale of the druggie lifestyle, by a writer with talent to burn."
Young drug dealers cope with love, loss and voracious smack habits in this scintillating saga of Chicago's lowlife demimonde. Read full book review >

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AWESOME ORIGINS by Chris Giarrusso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Formulaic, built on well-worn tropes and replete with cheap jabs at grown-ups—destined, in other words, to be an easy sell. (afterword) (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Spun off from Giarrusso's G-Man comics series, a wannabe superhero's journal assignment records epic triumphs along with a catalog of middle-grade woes. Read full book review >

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DINOTRUX DIG THE BEACH by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers won't want to wait to find out where the Dinotrux will go next. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The third in Gall's crashing, smashing series takes the hot and grumpy Dinotrux on a vacation to the beach. What mayhem will ensue? Read full book review >

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PIP AND THE TWILIGHT SEEKERS by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Children who read this wretched stuff may grow up to write like this—don't let it happen. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There are murky goings-on in Hangman's Hollow and Spindlewood Forest as Pip, Frankie and Toad continue the tale begun in Pip and the Wood Witch Curse (2012). Read full book review >

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THERE’S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"There probably won't be much to do there, either, right? (Picture book. 6-8)"
Following a story arc that's been popular at least since Ellen Raskin's Nothing Ever Happens On My Block! (1966), young Davey fails to find anything to relieve his boredom in the rugged Martian landscape—not the fish skeleton, the giant face, the half-buried Mars Rover or even the horde of froggy Martians leaping about in a wild (and, of course, futile) rain dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTOLINE AND THE YELLOW CAT by Chris Riddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Shelve this, the first volume of a projected three, with the graphic novels. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A tale told in intricate, finely detailed pictures linked by occasional brief bursts of prose introduces Eloise-like young Ottoline, who shares a large apartment with hair-covered sidekick Mr. Munroe, collects odd single shoes and postcards from her parents (who are generally off on travels) and solves mysteries. Read full book review >

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MAISIE MOO AND INVISIBLE LUCY by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Though even less scrutable than McKimmie's Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow (2007), it's likewise freewheeling, imagination-stretching and, to quote Maisie, 'a little bit wonderful.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vigorous brushwork and large splotches of saturated reds and purples give the modernist art in this Australian import a wild energy that both complements the blotchy, often hand-lettered text and reflects the character of the young narrator. Read full book review >

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SERIOUSLY, NORMAN! by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Appealingly quirky and adventurous; a celebration of the power of self-directed learning and thinking outside the box. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently satirical and ultimately liberating look at modern education. Read full book review >

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WENDEL’S WORKSHOP by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A pretty face, undeniably, but void of hidden depths. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Wendel is a mouse and an inventor. Read full book review >

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SUBSTITUTE CREACHER by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2011

"Great for both Halloween and the start of a new school year, this is certain to provide more than a few laughs to kids who have seen through Viola Swamp's disguise. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In this cautionary tale that combines humor and a touch of magic, good behavior is the lesson of the day when a particularly naughty class of students has a substitute teacher. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE BALLOON by Chris Raschka
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"A portion of the proceeds goes to Children's Hospice International. (Picture book. 3+)"
No one explains difficult concepts to children better than Raschka, and this gentle discussion of death is no exception. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS BEARS by Chris Conover
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 3, 2008

"The final spread shows the cubs playing with their own toys on Christmas morning with both their parents, and the endpapers show all the different kinds of bears in the story along with a world map color-coded to show their geographic origins. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A large family of bears prepares for Christmas together in this simple, rhyming story for younger children. Read full book review >